MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Jake LaRavia wasn’t just worthy of a first round pick. As the Memphis Grizzlies saw it, he was worth two.
The Grizzlies moved the 22nd and 29th picks in Thursday’s NBA draw to Minnesota for the 19th pick — who became LaRavia, a 6-foot-8 forward from Wake Forest, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke with The Associated Press. spoke on condition of anonymity as they had not yet been approved by the competition.
Auburn’s Walker Kessler was the No. 22 pick, and Kentucky’s TyTy Washington was the No. 29 pick — both players headed to Minnesota, the person said, awaiting the league’s trade call.
It was all part of a busy night of movement for the Grizzlies, who also obtained the rights to No. 23 pick David Roddy of Philadelphia as part of another trade. Roddy and injured security guard Danny Green were sent to Memphis for De’Anthony Melton, another person with direct knowledge of the matter told the AP.
LaRavia began his college career in Indiana State before transferring to Wake Forest. His transition to the ACC improved his game, averaging 14.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season, along with 1.7 steals.
LaRavia shot a total of 56% of the field, including 38% last season for the Demon Deacons.
The Grizzlies made great strides last season, moving from the postseason after a play-in tournament in 2021 to the second best record in the league from last season at 56-26. Memphis was eliminated in the semifinals of the Western Conference by the eventual NBA champion Golden State.
And some of last season’s success was achieved without first-time All-Star and leading scorer Ja Morant, who missed 25 games during the regular season with injuries.
Memphis went 20-5 in those games, a testament to the team’s chemistry and depth.
AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds and AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston contributed to this report.
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